Ohio Dominican Joins Regional Effort to Promote Greater Columbus to Students

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2009-10-02

Columbus, OH - Ohio Dominican University (ODU) has joined the EasyColumbus.com initiative, an informational website, which is a collaboration of the Columbus Foundation and the Columbus Alive newspaper, to provide college and university students with information on community events, internships and job opportunities.

"Not only will Ohio Dominican students receive valuable information on community events and resources, but the university will promote campus events and news through this site," said Jamie Caridi, Vice President for Student Development and Retention. EasyColumbus is a portal to connect participating school students to the Greater Columbus community and ODU is one of 11 schools who have joined these efforts. The web site has many features including a calendar of events and a neighborhood guide called "student zones." The site is intended to help guide students to navigate the city and find restaurants, shops, cafes, and activities.

As part of the agreement, an ODU student will serve as a "student ambassador" between Ohio Dominican and EasyColumbus. The ambassador will be responsible for managing the school’s online profile page and news areas as well as posting campus event information. The ambassadors will also post different marketing and outreach opportunities in which students are able to participate. Initially Ohio Dominican will promote its art exhibitions, on line campus radio station, campus news, career services, and athletics.

To help promote this effort to the colleges and universities, a video was released featuring college students from participating schools who offered their input on availability of information and how resourceful a single website portal would be to help them stay connected to Columbus. Several ODU students were featured in this promotional tool.

Major partners of EasyColumbus include: Compete Columbus, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Chamber, Experience Columbus, City of Columbus and The Columbus Foundation.